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  • Sean Powell
    Hello, I m doing research into a new camp bed and a thought has struck me. For medieval chairs I can say Glastonbury , Fauldstool , Crulle and a couple of
    Message 1 of 24 , Jun 5, 2011
      Hello,
      I'm doing research into a new camp bed and a thought has struck me.
      For medieval chairs I can say "Glastonbury", "Fauldstool", "Crulle" and
      a couple of other names and within certain parameters we all understand
      what shape, look and construction method is implied. When I look for
      beds I'm limited to "Oseberg", "Gokstad" and the generic terms of "Rope"
      or "Slat". Are there any other named beds, preferably from the 14th or
      15th cent that I am unaware of? Are they so abundant that we don't need
      names that are more detailed or are they simply so uninteresting that no
      one has named any since 900ad?
      Thanks,
      Sean
    • Graham Eyre
      Can t find any specific names for that era, but there is a lot of scope from slate type bed to a 4 poster   From: Sean Powell To:
      Message 2 of 24 , Jun 5, 2011
        Can't find any specific names for that era, but there is a lot of scope from slate type bed to a 4 poster
         

        From: Sean Powell <powell.sean@...>
        To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Monday, 6 June 2011 11:05 AM
        Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Named medieval furniture

        Hello,
            I'm doing research into a new camp bed and a thought has struck me.
        For medieval chairs I can say "Glastonbury", "Fauldstool", "Crulle" and
        a couple of other names and within certain parameters we all understand
        what shape, look and construction method is implied. When I look for
        beds I'm limited to "Oseberg", "Gokstad" and the generic terms of "Rope"
        or "Slat". Are there any other named beds, preferably from the 14th or
        15th cent that I am unaware of? Are they so abundant that we don't need
        names that are more detailed or are they simply so uninteresting that no
        one has named any since 900ad?
            Thanks,
                Sean


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      • camdus17@juno.com
        You can add tester , half-tester , and canopy but I am unsure if these were terms used in period or are modern terms for ancient designs. One issue that I
        Message 3 of 24 , Jun 5, 2011

          You can add "tester", "half-tester", and "canopy" but I am unsure if these were terms used in period or are modern terms for ancient designs.

          One issue that I observed right away is that the terms we have been using fall into two categories: those that describe the method of supporting the mattress and those that describe the posts (and what the posts become above the level of the mattress).

          I don't think you are likely to discover much past "rope" and "slat" as a means of supporting a mattress off of the ground.  And the only difference between the two is the material used within the framework.  Everything else is essentially the same: a wooden frame consisting of two parallel runners and a headboard and a footboard with posts at each intersection.  The slat bed will have slat ledges along the runners whereas the rope bed will have holes drilled in the runners and head/footboards to accomodate the ropes.

          I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the ground at all.  Other mattresses (I'm thinking of cloistered monks and hermits here) may have been on ledges: wooden or stone shelves.  I'm not sure when hammocks came into use in European culture, but the framed hammocks with mattresses that were used in age-of-sail vessels were quite comfortable, I understand.

          The posts do not need to rise above the level of the mattress (or the levels of the head- and foot-boards if they are taller).  But if they do, then they are variably described as four-posters, testers, half-testers, and canopy beds.  A four-poster just has four tall posts.  A tester bed has four light rails (testers) connecting the tops of the posts.  Usually there is also one or two more light rails parallel to the headboard and connecting the two long testers part way along their length.  In some very old examples there are panels within this framework, making a ceiling above the bed.  A half-tester bed has this "ceiling" solely above the top third or half of the bed.  A canopy bed replaces the wooden panels with heavy drapery.  The point of the panels and drapes is, of course, to reduce drafts.

          --Dunstan M'Lolane

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        • Gary Link
          On the examples I have seen and read about the propose of the draperies and paneling(they cover the top as well as the sides) on the beds is the same principle
          Message 4 of 24 , Jun 5, 2011
            On the examples I have seen and read about the propose of the draperies and paneling(they cover the top as well as the sides) on the beds is the same principle as a sleeping bag or small tent. It holds in the heat to make for a more comfortable sleep.

            In Service
            Hal 


            To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
            From: camdus17@...
            Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 00:50:14 +0000
            Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Named medieval furniture

             

            You can add "tester", "half-tester", and "canopy" but I am unsure if these were terms used in period or are modern terms for ancient designs.
            One issue that I observed right away is that the terms we have been using fall into two categories: those that describe the method of supporting the mattress and those that describe the posts (and what the posts become above the level of the mattress).
            I don't think you are likely to discover much past "rope" and "slat" as a means of supporting a mattress off of the ground.  And the only difference between the two is the material used within the framework.  Everything else is essentially the same: a wooden frame consisting of two parallel runners and a headboard and a footboard with posts at each intersection.  The slat bed will have slat ledges along the runners whereas the rope bed will have holes drilled in the runners and head/footboards to accomodate the ropes.
            I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the ground at all.  Other mattresses (I'm thinking of cloistered monks and hermits here) may have been on ledges: wooden or stone shelves.  I'm not sure when hammocks came into use in European culture, but the framed hammocks with mattresses that were used in age-of-sail vessels were quite comfortable, I understand.
            The posts do not need to rise above the level of the mattress (or the levels of the head- and foot-boards if they are taller).  But if they do, then they are variably described as four-posters, testers, half-testers, and canopy beds.  A four-poster just has four tall posts.  A tester bed has four light rails (testers) connecting the tops of the posts.  Usually there is also one or two more light rails parallel to the headboard and connecting the two long testers part way along their length.  In some very old examples there are panels within this framework, making a ceiling above the bed.  A half-tester bed has this "ceiling" solely above the top third or half of the bed.  A canopy bed replaces the wooden panels with heavy drapery.  The point of the panels and drapes is, of course, to reduce drafts.
            --Dunstan M'Lolane
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          • Graham Eyre
            In days of old the houses were not exactly draft proof so the Curtains etc around a bed was to keep out the cold and drafts.   From: Gary Link
            Message 5 of 24 , Jun 5, 2011
              In days of old the houses were not exactly draft proof so the Curtains etc around a bed was to keep out the cold and drafts.
               

              From: Gary Link <halraeburn@...>
              To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Monday, 6 June 2011 2:07 PM
              Subject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] Named medieval furniture



              On the examples I have seen and read about the propose of the draperies and paneling(they cover the top as well as the sides) on the beds is the same principle as a sleeping bag or small tent. It holds in the heat to make for a more comfortable sleep.

              In Service
              Hal 

              To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
              From: camdus17@...
              Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 00:50:14 +0000
              Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Named medieval furniture

               

              You can add "tester", "half-tester", and "canopy" but I am unsure if these were terms used in period or are modern terms for ancient designs.
              One issue that I observed right away is that the terms we have been using fall into two categories: those that describe the method of supporting the mattress and those that describe the posts (and what the posts become above the level of the mattress).
              I don't think you are likely to discover much past "rope" and "slat" as a means of supporting a mattress off of the ground.  And the only difference between the two is the material used within the framework.  Everything else is essentially the same: a wooden frame consisting of two parallel runners and a headboard and a footboard with posts at each intersection.  The slat bed will have slat ledges along the runners whereas the rope bed will have holes drilled in the runners and head/footboards to accomodate the ropes.
              I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the ground at all.  Other mattresses (I'm thinking of cloistered monks and hermits here) may have been on ledges: wooden or stone shelves.  I'm not sure when hammocks came into use in European culture, but the framed hammocks with mattresses that were used in age-of-sail vessels were quite comfortable, I understand.
              The posts do not need to rise above the level of the mattress (or the levels of the head- and foot-boards if they are taller).  But if they do, then they are variably described as four-posters, testers, half-testers, and canopy beds.  A four-poster just has four tall posts.  A tester bed has four light rails (testers) connecting the tops of the posts.  Usually there is also one or two more light rails parallel to the headboard and connecting the two long testers part way along their length.  In some very old examples there are panels within this framework, making a ceiling above the bed.  A half-tester bed has this "ceiling" solely above the top third or half of the bed.  A canopy bed replaces the wooden panels with heavy drapery.  The point of the panels and drapes is, of course, to reduce drafts.
              --Dunstan M'Lolane
              ____________________________________________________________
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            • Bobby Bourgoin
              One other reason I read for the wood or drapery roof on the bed was to keep the rats that fell of the (house) roof rafters from falling on the bed. I don t
              Message 6 of 24 , Jun 6, 2011

                One other reason I read for the wood or drapery roof on the bed was to keep the rats that fell of the (house) roof rafters from falling on the bed…

                I don’t know how fact or fiction this is but…  Like the people in the middle ages eat with there hands (for many this is fact, but we here all know this to be fiction), or that people in the middles ages didn’t wash (this is fiction and a mix up between medieval and renaissance, with the invention of perfumes, in the renaissance age people got lazy and stopped washing to cover-up with perfumes)

                 

                Bobby

                 


                From: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com [mailto: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Gary Link
                Sent: 5 juin 2011 22:08
                To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] Named medieval furniture

                 

                 

                On the examples I have seen and read about the propose of the draperies and paneling(they cover the top as well as the sides) on the beds is the same principle as a sleeping bag or small tent. It holds in the heat to make for a more comfortable sleep.

                 

                In Service

                Hal 

                 


                To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
                From: camdus17@...
                Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 00:50:14 +0000
                Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Named medieval furniture

                 


                You can add "tester", "half-tester", and "canopy" but I am unsure if these were terms used in period or are modern terms for ancient designs.
                One issue that I observed right away is that the terms we have been using fall into two categories: those that describe the method of supporting the mattress and those that describe the posts (and what the posts become above the level of the mattress).
                I don't think you are likely to discover much past "rope" and "slat" as a means of supporting a mattress off of the ground.  And the only difference between the two is the material used within the framework.  Everything else is essentially the same: a wooden frame consisting of two parallel runners and a headboard and a footboard with posts at each intersection.  The slat bed will have slat ledges along the runners whereas the rope bed will have holes drilled in the runners and head/footboards to accomodate the ropes.
                I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the ground at all.  Other mattresses (I'm thinking of cloistered monks and hermits here) may have been on ledges: wooden or stone shelves.  I'm not sure when hammocks came into use in European culture, but the framed hammocks with mattresses that were used in age-of-sail vessels were quite comfortable, I understand.
                The posts do not need to rise above the level of the mattress (or the levels of the head- and foot-boards if they are taller).  But if they do, then they are variably described as four-posters, testers, half-testers, and canopy beds.  A four-poster just has four tall posts.  A tester bed has four light rails (testers) connecting the tops of the posts.  Usually there is also one or two more light rails parallel to the headboard and connecting the two long testers part way along their length.  In some very old examples there are panels within this framework, making a ceiling above the bed.  A half-tester bed has this "ceiling" solely above the top third or half of the bed.  A canopy bed replaces the wooden panels with heavy drapery.  The point of the panels and drapes is, of course, to reduce drafts.
                --Dunstan M'Lolane
                ____________________________________________________________
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              • Julian Wilson
                ... One other reason I read for the wood or drapery roof on the bed was to keep the rats that fell of the (house) roof rafters from falling on the bed…
                Message 7 of 24 , Jun 6, 2011
                  --- On Mon, 6/6/11, Bobby Bourgoin <bobby.bourgoin@...> wrote:
                  One other reason I read for the wood or drapery roof on the bed was to keep the rats that fell of the (house) roof rafters from falling on the bed…
                  SNIPPED FOR BREVITY
                  I don’t know how fact or fiction this is but…

                  COMMENT
                  Hmm - a bit too much generalisation there, Bobby.

                  Middle Ages housing came in many "grades", and was " internally-finished" according to household income.
                   And  - built according to what local materials were available.
                  So - in areas where timber and reed or straw  were scarce but stone, and slate or tiles were plentiful,- [e.g - Wales, Cornwall, the Midland's moorlands] instead of a fairly prosperous freeholder living in a timber-framed house with a thatched roof, and a puddled clay floor, - you would have found that freeholder living in a stone-built house, roofed with stone slabs, slates, or clay tiles, and with floors of encaustic tiles, or stone slabs. Simply because it was cheaper to use the local materials than to import them from miles away.
                  With no Thatch to hide and nest in, there were far-fewer  vermin living in the roofs.

                  One is on much-safer ground going with the "enclosed bed-space" warmed by body heat and protected against draughts.
                  What you call "four-poster beds with curtains and testers" were expensive items - so expensive that they were bequeathed to relatives in Wills.the lower Classes could not afford curtained 4-poster beds.
                   The next social.income- level downwards were the "beds in cupboards or Wall recesses" - again, to keep the sleepers warm  from body heat and draught-exclusion.
                  Even fisherfolk in Brittany [historically a very poor section of the working population who couldn't even afford straw or reeds for roofing, and used dried seaweed instead, ] - had such recessed or cupboard-enclosed beds. Surviving "cupboard beds" of whatever age, are now much-sought-after antiques in today's France.
                  And at the other upper end of the social scale, nobles generally lived in many-storied residences built of masonry, and their personal  Chambers were mostly at least one level below the garrets. And the roofs of castles and fortified manor houses had non-flammable, impermeable coverings, -stone slabs, slates, sheets leading, or baked-clay roof-tiles such as the Romans had used; - with fewer places to harbour vermin such as rats and mice.

                  The Weald & Downland Museum (Singleton, Sussex), Barley Hall (York); the Merchants House  (Southampton, Hampshie); and the 14th C. Tretower Court ( nr. Abergavenny, S. Wales) - are all good examples of the housing to which I refer.

                  regards,
                   Matthewe Baker

                   


                   

                   









                  On
                  the examples I have seen and read about the propose of the draperies
                  and paneling(they cover the top as well as the sides) on the beds is the
                  same principle as a sleeping bag or small tent. It holds in the heat to make
                  for a more comfortable sleep.



                   





                  In Service





                  Hal 



                   











                  To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com

                  From:
                  camdus17@...

                  Date:
                  Mon, 6 Jun 2011 00:50:14 +0000

                  Subject:
                  Re: [MedievalSawdust] Named medieval furniture



                   









                  You can add "tester", "half-tester", and "canopy"
                  but I am unsure if these were terms used in period or are modern terms for
                  ancient designs.

                  One issue that I observed right away is that the terms we have been using fall
                  into two categories: those that describe the method of supporting the mattress
                  and those that describe the posts (and what the posts become above the level of
                  the mattress).

                  I don't think you are likely to discover much past "rope" and
                  "slat" as a means of supporting a mattress off of the ground. 
                  And the only difference between the two is the material used within the
                  framework.  Everything else is essentially the same: a wooden frame
                  consisting of two parallel runners and a headboard and a footboard with posts
                  at each intersection.  The slat bed will have slat ledges along the
                  runners whereas the rope bed will have holes drilled in the runners and
                  head/footboards to accomodate the ropes.

                  I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the ground at
                  all.  Other mattresses (I'm thinking of cloistered monks and hermits here)
                  may have been on ledges: wooden or stone shelves.  I'm not sure when
                  hammocks came into use in European culture, but the framed hammocks with
                  mattresses that were used in age-of-sail vessels were quite comfortable, I
                  understand.

                  The posts do not need to rise above the level of the mattress (or the levels of
                  the head- and foot-boards if they are taller).  But if they do, then they
                  are variably described as four-posters, testers, half-testers, and canopy
                  beds.  A four-poster just has four tall posts.  A tester bed has four
                  light rails (testers) connecting the tops of the posts.  Usually there is
                  also one or two more light rails parallel to the headboard and connecting the
                  two long testers part way along their length.  In some very old examples
                  there are panels within this framework, making a ceiling above the bed.  A
                  half-tester bed has this "ceiling" solely above the top third or half
                  of the bed.  A canopy bed replaces the wooden panels with heavy
                  drapery.  The point of the panels and drapes is, of course, to reduce
                  drafts.

                  --Dunstan M'Lolane

                  ____________________________________________________________

                  Get
                  Free Email with Video Mail Video Chat!








































                • maf@gleichen.ca
                  ... I read that the first hammocks where brought to Europe from Barbados by Christopher Columbas and where not addopted by the British Navy until 1590 (the
                  Message 8 of 24 , Jun 6, 2011
                    >
                    > I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the
                    > ground at all. Other mattresses (I'm thinking of cloistered monks and
                    > hermits here) may have been on ledges: wooden or stone shelves. I'm
                    > not sure when hammocks came into use in European culture, but the
                    > framed hammocks with mattresses that were used in age-of-sail vessels
                    > were quite comfortable, I understand.
                    >
                    > --Dunstan M'Lolane





                    I read that the first hammocks where brought to Europe from Barbados by
                    Christopher Columbas and where not addopted by the British Navy until
                    1590 (the canvas sling type became standad in 1597), prior to that they
                    used wooden bunks and injuries and fatalities from rolling out of your
                    bunk where common in the British Navy.

                    Mark
                  • Broom
                    ... Rising damp would quickly mildew these mattresses, which were probably straw ticks (or the equivalent using other plant fibers), usually contained in cloth
                    Message 9 of 24 , Jun 6, 2011
                      Dunstan M'Lolane wrote:
                      > I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the ground at all.

                      Rising damp would quickly mildew these mattresses, which were probably
                      straw ticks (or the equivalent using other plant fibers), usually
                      contained in cloth bags, so I suspect even the poorest tried to raise
                      their mattresses off the ground.

                      ' | Broom IAmBroom @ gmail . com
                      ' | cellphone: 412-389-1997
                      ' | 9370 Shadduck Rd, McKean, PA 16426
                      '\|/ "Discere et docere", which means:
                      '/|\ "The world is like a mirror, you see? Smile, and your friends
                      //|\\ smile back." - Japanese Zen saying
                    • Julian Wilson
                      Correct - that s where the truckle bed came from. These are simple bed-frames with rope suspensions and short legs, which raised the palliasse 4 to 6 inches
                      Message 10 of 24 , Jun 6, 2011
                        Correct - that's where the "truckle bed" came from. These are simple bed-frames with rope suspensions and short legs, which raised the palliasse 4 to 6 inches off the ground,  usually designed to roll in under a "great bed".  The Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton, West Sussex, has several excellent replicas, drawn from extant examples in various Museum Collactions.
                        The poorest folk would likely make a kind of under-couch from bundles of dried ferns or long straw - or of something similar - which would provide a layer of insulation. The palliasses of the poor would likely be picked-up each morning and either put to "air" - or be rolled-up out of the way of the day's activities - especially in "one room" dwellings. And when the under-couch needed changing - it would go into the beasts' byres or the stable, as bedding/food.

                        In service,
                         Matthewe Baker

                        --- On Mon, 6/6/11, Broom <IAmBroom@...> wrote:

                        From: Broom <IAmBroom@...>
                        Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Named medieval furniture
                        To:
                        Cc: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
                        Date: Monday, 6 June, 2011, 15:39

                         

                        Dunstan M'Lolane wrote:
                        > I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the ground at all.

                        Rising damp would quickly mildew these mattresses, which were probably
                        straw ticks (or the equivalent using other plant fibers), usually
                        contained in cloth bags, so I suspect even the poorest tried to raise
                        their mattresses off the ground.

                        ' | Broom IAmBroom @ gmail . com
                        ' | cellphone: 412-389-1997
                        ' | 9370 Shadduck Rd, McKean, PA 16426
                        '\|/ "Discere et docere", which means:
                        '/|\ "The world is like a mirror, you see? Smile, and your friends
                        //|\\ smile back." - Japanese Zen saying

                      • tessa_rat
                        According to Victor Chinnery there are a number of references, in inventories and such, to folding or traveling beds. Unfortunately, due to hard use and
                        Message 11 of 24 , Jun 6, 2011
                          According to Victor Chinnery there are a number of references, in inventories and such, to folding or traveling beds. Unfortunately, due to hard use and relatively light construction, none appear to have survived. What we are left with is household beds and viking burials.

                          One could interpret a traveling bed as simply a more lightly built version of a household bed (I've done several of these, or, and I personally think this is quite likely, a scissor folding "army" cot with a mechanism similar to a "Savanarola" or "Glastonbury" chair.

                          It's an area that I think deserves a bit of exploration and experimentation... Right... off to the shop with me. :~)

                          Fritz Wilhelm
                          welldressedtent.com

                          --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, Sean Powell <powell.sean@...> wrote:
                          >
                          > Hello,
                          > I'm doing research into a new camp bed and a thought has struck me.
                          > <<<snip>>>
                          > When I look for
                          > beds I'm limited to "Oseberg", "Gokstad" and the generic terms of "Rope"
                          > or "Slat". Are there any other named beds, preferably from the 14th or
                          > 15th cent that I am unaware of? Are they so abundant that we don't need
                          > names that are more detailed or are they simply so uninteresting that no
                          > one has named any since 900ad?
                          > Thanks,
                          > Sean
                          >
                        • Bobby Bourgoin
                          Of course. that is what I meant with the rest of the mail. fact or fiction (my thoughts, mostly fiction) Bobby _____ From: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
                          Message 12 of 24 , Jun 6, 2011

                            Of course… that is what I meant with the rest of the mail…  fact or fiction (my thoughts, mostly fiction)

                             

                            Bobby

                             


                            From: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com [mailto: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Julian Wilson
                            Sent: 6 juin 2011 09:16
                            To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
                            Subject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] Named medieval furniture

                             

                             

                            --- On Mon, 6/6/11, Bobby Bourgoin <bobby.bourgoin@...> wrote:
                            One other reason I read for the wood or drapery roof on the bed was to keep the rats that fell of the (house) roof rafters from falling on the bed…
                            SNIPPED FOR BREVITY
                            I don’t know how fact or fiction this is but…

                            COMMENT
                            Hmm - a bit too much generalisation there, Bobby.

                            Middle Ages housing came in many "grades", and was " internally-finished" according to household income.
                             And  - built according to what local materials were available.
                            So - in areas where timber and reed or straw  were scarce but stone, and slate or tiles were plentiful,- [e.g - Wales, Cornwall, the Midland's moorlands] instead of a fairly prosperous freeholder living in a timber-framed house with a thatched roof, and a puddled clay floor, - you would have found that freeholder living in a stone-built house, roofed with stone slabs, slates, or clay tiles, and with floors of encaustic tiles, or stone slabs. Simply because it was cheaper to use the local materials than to import them from miles away.
                            With no Thatch to hide and nest in, there were far-fewer  vermin living in the roofs.

                            One is on much-safer ground going with the "enclosed bed-space" warmed by body heat and protected against draughts.
                            What you call "four-poster beds with curtains and testers" were expensive items - so expensive that they were bequeathed to relatives in Wills.the lower Classes could not afford curtained 4-poster beds.
                             The next social.income- level downwards were the "beds in cupboards or Wall recesses" - again, to keep the sleepers warm  from body heat and draught-exclusion.
                            Even fisherfolk in Brittany [historically a very poor section of the working population who couldn't even afford straw or reeds for roofing, and used dried seaweed instead, ] - had such recessed or cupboard-enclosed beds. Surviving "cupboard beds" of whatever age, are now much-sought-after antiques in today's France .
                            And at the other upper end of the social scale, nobles generally lived in many-storied residences built of masonry, and their personal  Chambers were mostly at least one level below the garrets. And the roofs of castles and fortified manor houses had non-flammable, impermeable coverings, -stone slabs, slates, sheets leading, or baked-clay roof-tiles such as the Romans had used; - with fewer places to harbour vermin such as rats and mice.

                            The Weald & Downland Museum ( Singleton , Sussex ), Barley Hall ( York ); the Merchants House  (Southampton, Hampshie); and the 14th C. Tretower Court ( nr. Abergavenny, S. Wales ) - are all good examples of the housing to which I refer.

                            regards,
                             Matthewe Baker

                             


                             

                             









                            On
                            the examples I have seen and read about the propose of the draperies
                            and paneling(they cover the top as well as the sides) on the beds is the
                            same principle as a sleeping bag or small tent. It holds in the heat to make
                            for a more comfortable sleep.



                             





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                            To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com

                            From:
                            camdus17@...

                            Date:
                            Mon, 6 Jun 2011 00:50:14 +0000

                            Subject:
                            Re: [MedievalSawdust] Named medieval furniture



                             









                            You can add "tester", "half-tester", and "canopy"
                            but I am unsure if these were terms used in period or are modern terms for
                            ancient designs.

                            One issue that I observed right away is that the terms we have been using fall
                            into two categories: those that describe the method of supporting the mattress
                            and those that describe the posts (and what the posts become above the level of
                            the mattress).

                            I don't think you are likely to discover much past "rope" and
                            "slat" as a means of supporting a mattress off of the ground. 
                            And the only difference between the two is the material used within the
                            framework.  Everything else is essentially the same: a wooden frame
                            consisting of two parallel runners and a headboard and a footboard with posts
                            at each intersection.  The slat bed will have slat ledges along the
                            runners whereas the rope bed will have holes drilled in the runners and
                            head/footboards to accomodate the ropes.

                            I imagine many mattresses in poorer homes never made it off of the ground at
                            all.  Other mattresses (I'm thinking of cloistered monks and hermits here)
                            may have been on ledges: wooden or stone shelves.  I'm not sure when
                            hammocks came into use in European culture, but the framed hammocks with
                            mattresses that were used in age-of-sail vessels were quite comfortable, I
                            understand.

                            The posts do not need to rise above the level of the mattress (or the levels of
                            the head- and foot-boards if they are taller).  But if they do, then they
                            are variably described as four-posters, testers, half-testers, and canopy
                            beds.  A four-poster just has four tall posts.  A tester bed has four
                            light rails (testers) connecting the tops of the posts.  Usually there is
                            also one or two more light rails parallel to the headboard and connecting the
                            two long testers part way along their length.  In some very old examples
                            there are panels within this framework, making a ceiling above the bed.  A
                            half-tester bed has this "ceiling" solely above the top third or half
                            of the bed.  A canopy bed replaces the wooden panels with heavy
                            drapery.  The point of the panels and drapes is, of course, to reduce
                            drafts.

                            --Dunstan M'Lolane

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                          • Bobby Bourgoin
                            There is also the neat bed in a box, somewhere on the site for this group. Bobby _____ From: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
                            Message 13 of 24 , Jun 6, 2011

                              There is also the neat bed in a box, somewhere on the site for this group…

                               

                              Bobby

                               


                              From: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com [mailto: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of tessa_rat
                              Sent: 6 juin 2011 12:13
                              To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
                              Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Named medieval furniture

                               

                               

                              According to Victor Chinnery there are a number of references, in inventories and such, to folding or traveling beds. Unfortunately, due to hard use and relatively light construction, none appear to have survived. What we are left with is household beds and viking burials.

                              One could interpret a traveling bed as simply a more lightly built version of a household bed (I've done several of these, or, and I personally think this is quite likely, a scissor folding "army" cot with a mechanism similar to a "Savanarola" or "Glastonbury" chair.

                              It's an area that I think deserves a bit of exploration and experimentation... Right... off to the shop with me. :~)

                              Fritz Wilhelm
                              welldressedtent.com

                              --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, Sean Powell <powell.sean@...> wrote:

                              >
                              > Hello,
                              > I'm doing research into a new camp bed and a thought has struck me.
                              > <<<snip>>>
                              > When I look for
                              > beds I'm limited to "Oseberg", "Gokstad" and the
                              generic terms of "Rope"
                              > or "Slat". Are there any other named beds, preferably from the
                              14th or
                              > 15th cent that I am unaware of? Are they so abundant that we don't need
                              > names that are more detailed or are they simply so uninteresting that no
                              > one has named any since 900ad?
                              > Thanks,
                              > Sean
                              >

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